Granite City, Ill., Sept. 4, 2020 – Granite City High School English Teacher Lindsay Doolittle was presented an award on Thursday from the Mid America Navy Talent Acquisition Group for her support to the Navy and our nation.
Navy Petty Officer Andrew Smith and Donyella Brothers-Corn presented Doolittle the award in her classroom at the high school. Superintendent Stephanie M. Cann, Ed.S. and GCHS Principal Daren DePew were also in attendance.
“This award represents what we do as Navy Recruiters, working with communities inside of education systems with our schools,” said Smith. “Mrs. Doolittle allowed us to present different topics on the military, other ways for students to gain their education, our ROTC programs, and life in the military.”
Doolittle is in her first year at GCHS after spending the past four years as an English teacher in the Hazelwood School District. She is also in her third year at the GCHS Evening Academy.
“Andrew and I started working together a few years ago when I was teaching at Hazelwood West and here with the evening academy,” said Doolittle. “We worked together to find different strategies to use with students who were struggling and needed some extra help in mentorship to get to that next step in their life.”
Doolittle has a strong military presence in her family. Her younger brother Zachary Weidner is a Captain in the Marines, and her older brother Brian Weidner was in the Coast Guard. In addition, she has a nephew in the Coast Guard and a brother-in-law who served in the Army.
“I definitely saw with my brothers how they used the military to make a great life for themselves,” Doolittle added. “This helped me to come up with ways that we could present options to our graduating seniors.”
Doolittle graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012 with bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education, and earned her master’s degree in English from SIUE in 2020 as well as a master's in Educational Technology from Western Governors University.
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